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Glass Factory Condos – 169 Monsignor O’Brien Highway

 The Glass Factory at 169 Monsignor O’Brien Highway in Cambridge is an eight-story building with 104 condos.  The condos were renovated in 2004 when the building was converted from apartments. There are two-room studios, one and two-bedroom condos.

The Glass Factory Condos - 169 Monsignor O'Brien Highway

The Glass Factory Cambridge Condos - 169 Monsignor O'Brien Highway

While the name suggests that the building was used as a factory of some sort I haven’t been able to document that.  Records show that the building was originally an office building built in 1925, owned by the Boston and Maine Railroad.  I’d love to learn about the factory connection if anybody knows the scoop.

The Glass Factory is in East Cambridge near the Lechmere T station and very close to downtown Boston. The Cambridgeside Galleria mall, the Charles River, and the Museum of Science are nearby.

Residents have created on online forum for the building.

Glass Factory Cambridge Condos Feature

  • Elevator building
  • Central air conditioning
  • Huge windows
  • Concierge service
  • Business Center
  • Club room
  • Media Room
  • Fitness Center with Nautilus exercise equipment
  • Some condos have garage or outdoor parking
  • Some condos have in-unit laundry
  • Heat and hot water included in the condo fee
  • Pets allowed with restrictions

Recent Glass Factory Cambridge Sales – 169 Monsignor O’Brien Highway

  • A two room studio without parking sold for $241,000 in Dec. 2009
  • A one-bedroom condo without parking sold for $298,000 in Jan. 2009
  • Several two-bedroom, two-bath condos with garage or outdoor parking have sold in the last year. Several were foreclosed or short sale units.  Sale prices ranged from $350,000 to $475,000

If condos are available in the building they’ll appear below. Click on the small photo for more information and additional photgraphs.


The Glass Factory Condominiums are located at 169 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141

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  1. Steve

    I thought I would do a little sleuthing on the Glass Factory and, I agree, it’s hard to find any definitive proof. I see the building on the 1930 map but it’s got no label. O’Brien Highway was originally named Bridge Street and using that information, I found the following:

    Bay State Glass Works

    After the Boston Bottle Works closed its doors in 1877, the Bay State Glass Works was formed. Samuel Oakman was listed as agent while the company was in business through early 1879. Their salesroom was at 97 State Street, Boston, as was that of the Boston Bottle Works. The company’s factory was at 223 Bridge Street, Cambridge. It is unclear what became of the former Boston Bottle Works in Somerville.

    It was at this site:

    If I lived there, it would certainly be a fun project to research.

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